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For the Akshay Kumar fans

I think Bollywood has come to a moment when the lead actors are making movies to cater to their fans and to their fans alone. It is a tough business but when the likes of Shah Rukh, Salman and Akshay are sure that the can pull the business to the much coveted Rs 100 crore club - how can we possibly doubt them?

Boss is for Akshay Kumar fans. Period. In fact Akshay thanks his fan club in the opening credits. These guys apparently made the biggest poster for the actor and got themselves a nod from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Akshay plays the role of Boss with practiced ease, a Haryanvi gangster who runs a transport company on the side, just like his mentor Big Boss (Danny Denzongpa). Go back a good 15 years in the narrative and we are told that Boss’s righteous, Gandhi-loving father (Mithun Chakraborty) had disowned his hot-headed son after a series of unfortunate events. 

Now, Boss has a younger brother Shiv (Shiv Pandit) who is still with daddy dearest but just as adept at throwing punches. In a twist of events, Shiv ends up throwing a few at the Home Minister’s incompetent son for harassing his lady love Ankita (Aditi Rao Hydari). The Home Minister and corrupt cop Ayushman Thakur (Ronit Roy) work in tandem for promotions and power. Oh! And Ankita is Thakur’s sister. Gundas exchange contracts and the fight fiesta begins.

Akshay has done all this before in Tees Maar Khan, Khiladi 786, Rowdy Rathore...wait! He’s been doing this for years now! However it is so much fun watching him. Danny seems to be hamming his lines and Mithun bores you with his melodrama. Shiv Pandit was very interesting in
but Boss gives him no scope, he ineffectively romances Hydari as his chilling, sinister avatar of Dash fades from our mind. Hydari could have well sat out if this one and let any other bimbette don that ugly bikini.

Ronit Roy however is a revelation. He plots, plans and kills with deft ease and presents a formidable front for Boss to battle. The last fight scene is hereby dedicated to Roy’s muscle, white ganjee and the tattoo on the left shoulder.

Anthony D’Souza’s film banks heavily on clichés, heavy-duty action and some OTT melodrama. The movie is fun only because ‘Hukum ka Ikka’ Akshay has aced such a roles. The songs are good fun and the new-age version of Har Kissi Ko (The Jaanbaaz classic) is not half-bad.  So is the movie worth it? Humein kya!? Humein to bass Akshay ko dekhna tha!
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